What to Expect During a Juice Cleanse
The only way to get fresh-squeezed orange juice to your breakfast table used to be a mechanical juicer. That fact means familiarity with juicing was very limited until not too long ago. Enter now deceased fitness trailblazer Jack Lelanne. As he pushed whole apples, strawberries, carrots, and celery through his self-named juicers, I wondered if America would catch on. Well they did, but some take juicing to a whole new level. The juice fast is a one, three or five day foray into juicing fruits and vegetables and eating little to nothing else. While there are various forms of the fast, the experience of the fast is virtually the same. If you’re wondering what it’s like to nix all solid food and switch to only water, and the juice of fresh fruits and vegetables here it goes.
One of the sure things you’ll endure during a juice fast is aches. While some turn to juicing to alleviate chronic pain, there is no conclusive evidence that a juice fast can help. As soon as day one you may have a headache. It can be attributed to caffeine withdrawal, but most fasting headaches are the result of a drastic dip in blood glucose due to the much lower caloric intake. While your headaches may subside slightly after the 48 hours, some say a headache also accompanies the few days after breaking the fast.
While blood sugar levels may be low between your liquid meals, drinking a concoction of fruit juice will cause a blood sugar spike that may cause the shakes. You might feel jittery soon after you partake and the feeling may persist intermittently throughout the fast. Between jittery episodes you may also get terrible cravings, another side effect of the extreme changes in your blood sugar levels you'll endure.
While your hunger levels will be high initially, that will slowly give way to feelings of thirst that may be accompanied by a metallic taste in your mouth. In addition to bad breath, you might also notice your body odor more during your fast. It will be harder to stay focused during your fast, but some say after two days, this is exchanged for clarity of mind.
Lack of food will upset anyone, but no matter how much juice you drink, you may experience depressed mood throughout your fast. Irritability, feelings of depression, sadness, and anxiety may all occur. In addition to your mood, your energy may be very low during the juice fast so try not to participate in vigorous exercise. Another low that results from juicing might be a slowed metabolism, resulting from not getting the calories your body needs.
Despite the many juice cleanse claims, the experience of a juice fast is hard to bear. The best way to cleanse your body of toxins is to eat a well-balanced diet, full of whole fruits and vegetables which can help you get the fiber, vitamins, and minerals your body needs. In the end, the extremely low-calorie diet will slow your metabolism. What's more, unless you're under a doctor's supervision, not getting the calories your body needs could be bad for your overall health.
Tell your juice fast experience? What were your highs and lows?